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Obtaining another superstar, while not necessarily written in the cards, is a certain goal of New York’s.
The Knicks have their sights set on either Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns or Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, or both should they want Nash for the rest of the year and move onto Paul next summer via free agency.
After last season’s Anthony trade though, the Knicks are not exactly laden with assets. New York’s roster coming out of last season, with limited assets and jeopardizing injuries for Billups and Stoudemire, was like a house of cards.
Shumpert adds some stability to the mix. He seems ready to play at the NBA level, has no track record of any persisting injuries and he gives the Knicks a potentially coveted asset.
How valuable could he prove to be?
Shumpert was rated higher than Jimmer Fredette on the Suns’ list of potential draft selections, and if Markeiff Morris was off the board, Phoenix may have drafted the Georgia Tech Bulldog with the 13th overall pick in the draft, making him a lottery pick.
Despite Shumpert having been projected to drop as low as the second round, the Suns even considered taking him over Morris, but opted to not make the longest reach.
What does that tell us?
He certainly has potential. Phoenix’s prior interest indicates that could be an integral part of any potential Nash deal. Additionally, if the Suns think so highly of Shumpert, it is logical to believe he could draw the interest of the Hornets as well if negotiations take place between the two parties.
It may sound shallow to tag a draft pick as being a valuable trade asset before they even step foot on the court, but everything the Knicks have done over the past couple years was to put themselves in this kind of position.
Shumpert has the potential to make an impact on the court for New York in many different ways.
And one of those comes in the form of Paul or Nash.